News: Philadelphia, Hugh Jackman, Cicadas, American Idol, Seattle

Road Cicadas emerge after 13 years underground.

RoadNC State basketball player CJ Leslie  doesn't want gays in the locker room. John Amaechi responds. Athlete apologizes.

V_gaga RoadLady Gaga to pre-release parts of new album on FarmVille: "How is this exactly going to work? Well, for one thing Farmville players will be treated to 'a Gaga inspired farm in-game, which will showcase Lady Gaga's style and themes from the album and videos… think crystals, unicorns, sheep on motorcycles…" Image from cover of V.

RoadBristol Palin says that "corrective jaw surgery" was why the plastic surgeon completely rearranged her face.

RoadWhite House party crasher Michaele Salahi to release single.

RoadNYT publishes statement from family of Osama bin Laden, demanding justice.

RoadAre American Idol and FOX enforcing a closeted agenda? "…watch The Voice pre-audition interviews, where contestants casually reference their sexual orientation and hug their partners after passing to the next round. It raises an interesting question: Why don’t we see this on Idol? And should we?"

RoadBad teacher.

RoadAnti-gay marriage rally planned for Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jackman RoadJackman: Abs of Real Steel.

RoadCannes documentary to screen dying Diana photo: "A spokesman for St James’s Palace declined to comment but royal sources said Diana's sons would be sickened by the news." The filmmaker speaks: "Unlawful Killing is not about a conspiracy before the crash, but a provable conspiracy after the crash." renews $25,000 grant to Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices.

RoadPhiladelphia is the only Top 10 U.S. city never to elect an openly LGBT candidate to its city council. That could change in a week.

RoadAbraham Lincoln vs. Vampires.

Couple RoadAfter 60 years, an unfaded desire to make it legal “Our friends have told us, ‘You two guys should get married in Massachusetts or Connecticut,’ but we’ve always been New Yorkers, and after 61 years of togetherness, we feel we have a right to be married in New York."

RoadIndiana governor Mitch Daniels signs bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

RoadSlate imagines "Final Edition" of the NYT.

RoadSeattle mayor: City should start paying for surgery and treatment for transgender employees.

RoadOpenly gay athlete voted high school prom king in Pennsylvania.

RoadNeil Patrick Harris confirmed as 2011 Tony Awards host.

RoadNew safety alert system unveiled in NYC: "The Personal Localized Alerting Network, or PLAN, is a free service that sends geographically targeted, text message-like alerts. The messages — which include alerts issued by the president, alerts involving imminent threats to safety of life and Amber Alerts — are sent by authorized government officials and are pushed out by participating wireless providers using their cell towers."

Posted May 11, 2011 at 2:55pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Julie Bindel